The Sir John Colfox Academy - Dorset
Sharing Good Anti-Bullying Ambassador practice
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador Team visited The Sir John Colfox Academy in Dorset on the 28th January 2016.
Sue Chudley was selected to be the South West Regional Staff Champion for 2015/16.
Below Sue shares some of the excellent work her and the team have done this year to make Anti-Bullying Ambassador Programme a success.
Sue Chudley writes:
The Anti-Bullying Ambassadors have worked hard since they were formed in 2013 to help combat and deal with bullying in our school and in our local community. In school, we started by forming a small group of ambassadors who attended a Anti-Bullying Ambassador training day run by the Diana Award in Budmouth, and since then have expanded the group and our numbers.
The Anti-Bullying Ambassador Team writes:
In our early stages, we rewrote the anti-bullying policy, produced questionnaires and ‘safety maps’ given to students in tutor time to fill out to describe where they did and did not feel safe in school, as well as making a box for students to fill out statements about bullying so it can be dealt with appropriately.
Drop- in sessions were organised and held at lunch for people in school to come to us and talk to a member of our group instead of an adult as we felt having a place to access us would be a good idea. We also designed our own school ties so we were more noticeable in case people needed help. Once we had set up these starting points, we also spoke in assemblies to tell the school about the work we do, therefore giving them another support net to go to when they need help.
On a larger scale, we have started to get more involved with the local Primary Schools, encouraging them to set up student led initiatives such as ours in their schools, and improve the bond between Primary and Secondary education. We visited multiple schools to give presentations about us, and then ran a training day of our own. During the course of this day, we organised activities and booklets for the children to do, and also gave them time at the end to decorate and make their own drop-in boxes to take to their own schools and start up their Ambassador schemes. We discussed the different types of bullying, how this makes people feel, and how to avoid and help people who are affected by this kind of behaviour. The day was a success, and we hope to host more and go further to strengthen these links between us and our surrounding Primary Schools.
We have given a presentation at our local Dorset Safeguarding conference and our teacher Mrs Chudley sits on the Dorset Safeguarding Children’s board. We have also run a workshop at the Dorset Antibullying conference for students across Dorset
Another achievement we as a group are proud and humbled by is the fact we were awarded the ‘Teenager Award’ by the Dorset Police for all the work we have done. This was totally unexpected, and we were so honoured. Other students in our group have received internal awards for their work, such as the school Leadership Award and an award for buddying in our school.
Our next school year will hopefully come with new ideas and opportunities for the Anti Bullying Ambassadors to do even more for our school. Currently, a fundraising event based on ‘Saturday Night Take Away’ is being organised to raise money for Anti Bullying work, and we are continuing to work with the younger year groups to get them involved in the work we do, and help them become more aware of the dangers and consequences of bullying in and out of school. Some of our Ambassadors have in fact been working with Year Sevens for this reason, and this is something we would like to continue going into the new school year. Although we have not yet fully planned what else we would like to achieve, we are sure that we will continue doing our best to help fight bullying in any and all ways we can, and are looking forward to doing so in due course.